Stephenville blasts past Lubbock Cooper

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After three days of waiting, Stephenville and Lubbock Cooper were finally able to play their Class 3A Division I state quarterfinal at Shotwell Stadium.

Although it was a frigid 25 degrees at kickoff with a light rain coming down throughout the game, Stephenville (12-1) found a way to fight the elements and pull out a 42-28 victory.

With all the delays and unfavorable weather, it was going to be tough for everyone on the field.

“This one worried me, I’ll be honest with you,” said Stephenville coach Joseph Gillespie.

Stephenville junior quarterback Jarrett Stidham put an end to any worries Gillespie had, finishing 19-of-30 passing for 330 yards and a touchdown.

“We were focused and ready to go,” said Stidham.

On the second play of the game, Stidham pitched the ball to freshman running back Kaegun Williams for a 77-yard touchdown run.

Williams was equally effective, finishing with 157 yards on the ground and three scores while providing another 77 yards receiving on five receptions.

Lubbock Cooper (11-3) gave the Yellow Jackets all they could handle in the first quarter. The Pirates’ defense held Stephenville on its next three possession after the first touchdown. Between those stops, Cooper found the end zone on two touchdown runs to take a 14-7 lead, a 2-yard run by Stanton Keane and a 36-yard run by Jordan Salas.

That would be the last time Cooper saw the lead.

Stidham ran for two scores in the second quarter to spark 28 unanswered Yellow Jackets points.

Leading 21-14 at halftime, Stephenville came out in the second half and put the game away.

Williams’ 11-yard score and Stidham’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Ben Martin pushed the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 35-14 in the third quarter.

Stephenville will continue its pursuit toward a title repeat when it faces Kilgore (13-0) in the semifinals Saturday in Corsicana.

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